|Aerial view of one of the three Thankful Villages in Wales, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, |
This summer Royal Commission staff member Medwyn Parry and co-rider Dougie Bancroft will be undertaking a motorbike journey to visit all 51 “Thankful Villages” in the United Kingdom. These are villages where there is no war memorial, because all of those who went away to fight in the Great War were fortunate enough to return home alive.
The trip will start at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, near Aberystwyth, on 27 July 2013 and will finish at the same point nine days and 2,500 miles later, on 4 August.
There are three Thankful Villages in Wales – Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Cardiganshire; Colwinston, Glamorgan; and Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire – where they also returned from the Second World War, making it the only “Double Thankful” village in Wales.
Medwyn has been amazed by the outstanding generosity of complete strangers who have embraced the spirit of the project. The aim is to raise £51,000 for the Royal British Legion. As far as he is aware, nobody has visited all 51 villages during one journey.
Those who live in the Thankful Villages are tremendously proud of their status. Medwyn & Dougie plan to meet with residents – especially descendants of those who returned from WWI.
The Welsh Government First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has issued a statement, giving his support to the ride.
Further details can be found on the website: thankfulvillagesrun.com
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